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'A New Era of Responsibility'

"Push Obama to Follow Through on Peace Vows," by Amy Goodman, The Capital Times (Wisconsin), Jan. 22, 2009
"How to Push Obama," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Danger of Green Stimulus," Jesse Jenkins, Huffington Post, Jan. 5, 2009

"The First Hundred Days or the Last Hundred Days? Obama's Rendezvous with Destiny -- and Ours," by Ira Chernus, by, Dec. 10, 2008

"Who Will Seize the Moment?" Turning Crisis into Opportunity, by Ralph Nader, Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2008

"Community Organizers Press Obama for Real Change," by, Dec. 3, 2008

Civil Liberties

"The effects of Obama's refusal to investigate Bush crimes," by Glen Greenwald,, Jan. 20, 2009

"Binding U.S. law requires prosecutions for those who authorize torture, " by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, Jan. 18, 2009

"Obama Has to Hold Bush Accountable for the Laws He Broke," by Elizabeth Holtzman, The Nation, Jan. 16, 2009

"Obama Must Restore the Constitution: Prosecuting Bush and Cheney," by Dave Lindoff,, Jan. 16-19, 2009

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Human Rights Solutions

"Single-Payer Health Care Would Stimulate Economy," by John Nichols, The Nation, Jan. 15, 2009

"Fulfilling the Promise of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration at 60," audio recordings from a Connecticut conference marking the 60th anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., Dec. 6, 2008

A BETTER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Converting Fossil Fuel/War Economy to Green, Renewable Energy/Peace Economy

"Green Jobs Should Top Our Economic Recovery List," by Juleyka Lantigua, Jan. 6, 2009

"Obama Must Get Afghanistan Right,"by Katrina Van Heuvel, The Nation, Jan. 9, 2009

"Nine Steps to Peace for Obama in the New Year," by Deepak Chopra, Alternet, Jan. 1, 2009

"Electric Cars Put Hawaii on The Road to Independence," by Times Online/UK, Dec. 4, 2008

"Weapons Come Second: Can Obama Take on the Pentagon?" by Frida Berrigan,, Nov. 25, 2008

The FY 2009 Pentagon Spending Request - Global Military Spending, by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation

Economic Crisis

"The Outcry Is Muted, But The Food Crisis Is Getting Worse," by Jayati Ghosh, The Guardian/UK, Jan. 9, 2009

"Ideas for Obama, "by Paul Krugman, by The New York Times, Jan. 12, 2009

"The Ponzi Scheme Presidency: Bush's Legacy of Destruction," by Tom Engelhardt,, January/February, 2009

"Fiscal Therapy," by David Cay Johnston, Mother Jones, January/February, 2009

"A Look At Wall Street's Shadow Market: How Some Arcane Wall Street Financial Instruments Magnified Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 5, 2008

"Swapping Secrecy for Transparency," by Christopher Cox, SEC Chairman, The New York Times Op-Ed, Oct. 19, 2008

"The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street: Steve Kroft On Credit Default Swaps And Their Central Role In The Unfolding Economic Crisis," 60 Minutes, Oct. 26, 2008

Broken Government

"Broken Government: By The Numbers," 40 ways in which the federal government failed to perform under the administration of George W. Bush, 2001-2008

Class Warfare

"How the Rich Are Different From You and Me,"Places that went for Obama are richer and smarter than places that went for McCain, by Bill Bishop and Robert Cushing, Slate, Dec. 11, 2008

"Questions About the $700 Billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Funds, " First Report of the Congressional Oversight Panel for Economic Stabilization, Dec. 10, 2008

War And Profiteering

"This Is Change? Twenty Hawks, Clintonites and Neocons to Watch for in Obama's White House," by Jeremy Scahill,Alternet, Nov. 20, 2008

"Don't Let Barack Obama Break Your Heart," Why Americans Shouldn't Go Home, by Tom Engelhardt, Nov. 12, 2008

"The Future of Iraq: The Spoils of War," Blood and oil: How the West will profit from Iraq's most precious commodity, by Danny Fortson, Andrew Murray-Watson and Tim Webb, The Independent/UK, Jan. 7, 2007

"Noam Chomsky on Middle East Conflict and U.S. War Plan Against Iraq," Between The Lines interview with Noam Chomsky, conducted by Scott Harris, for the Week Ending May 3, 2002

The Iraq Crisis, a Global Policy Forum, U.N. Security Council section on the 13 years of sanctions and other background of the war, the humanitarian situation, the importance of Iraq's huge oil resources, and disputes over a post-war government and reconstruction plan

"Pipeline Politics: Oil, The Taliban, and the Political Balance of Central Asia," World Press Review Special Report, November-December 2001

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Greenpeace and Other Environmental Groups
Oppose Waxman-Markey Climate Bill

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Interview with Damon Moglen,
Greenpeace Global Warming Campaign director,
conducted by Scott Harris


Efforts over the past eight years to pass legislation to reduceindustrial greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change were blocked by the Bush Administration, which often characterized global warming as a myth. The White House under Bush was caught censoring scientific papers and deleting information from government websites that contradicted the corporate-conservative view that human activity has nothing to do with the warming of the planet.

In stark contrast to Bush and his GOP opponent John McCain, Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency by promising to fight the coal, gas and oil industries to implement new policies that would control greenhouse gasses. With Congress and the White House firmly in Democratic hands after the 2008 election, many environmental activists were optimistic that the nation's failure to address climate change would soon change. After months of debate, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Democratic Reps. Waxman and Markey, approved "carbon cap and trade" legislation on May 21. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, as its called, would require 17 percent reduction of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and an 83 percent decrease by 2050.

While the bill has the backing of corporations like Alcoa, Duke Energy and GE, and qualified support from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sierra Club, environmental groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have denounced the measure as a sellout to big business. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Damon Moglen, Greenpeace Global Warming Campaign director, who explains why his group can't support the Waxman-Markey climate legislation.

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Media Watch Group: New York Times
Acts as Propagandist for Pentagon
on Danger Posed by Guantanamo Detainees

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Interview with Peter Hart, activism director,
with Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting FAIR,
conducted by Scott Harris


On May 20, the U.S. Senate voted 90 to 6 to deny President Obama the $80 million he requested to close America's Naval detention Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to bar the transfer of detainees held there to the United States and its territories. Upon taking office, Obama pledged to close the Guantanamo facility by January 2010. Both Democrats and Republicans were critical of the White House for not presenting a detailed plan for what will be done with the 240 Guantanamo prisoners.

In the debate that followed, legislators and commentators expressed concern over the threat posed by these detainees - virtually all of whom are accused by the U.S. government of engaging in terrorist activities. The day after the Senate vote, the New York Times published a front-page article titled, "1 in 7 Freed Detainees Rejoins Fight, Report Finds," confirming the fears of many in Congress and around the nation that closing Guantanamo would have grave consequences. However, as the media watch group, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, FAIR, pointed out, the story was based on an unsubstantiated Pentagon report leaked to the paper, which failed to present evidence for its findings.

The Times reporter for this story, Elisabeth Bumiller, did not provide readers background on the many challenges made to the findings of similar Pentagon studies, which were widely disputed. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Peter Hart, Activism Director with FAIR, who explains why he believes the New York Times was acting as a propaganda arm of the Pentagon for its failure to substantiate the Pentagon's dubious assertions.

FAIR's report, "New York Times' Pentagon Propaganda: Misleading Report on Guantanamo and Terrorism" can be read online at For more information, call their office at (212) 633-6700.

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Organizer of Billboard Campaign Challenging
U.S. Military Aid to Israel
Talks About his Evolving Views
on the Middle East

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Interview with Rich Forer
with the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel
conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Beginning in April, a group opposing U.S. military aid to Israel began running the following message on ten billboards around Albuquerque, N.M.: "Tell Congress -- Stop Killing Children! No more Military Aid to Israel." The billboards featured images of an Israeli tank on one side and a young Palestinian girl on the other side. The billboards were sponsored by the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel in the wake of Israel's invasion of Gaza, in which 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of children.

The contract between Lamar Outdoor Advertising and the coalition was for eight weeks, but the billboards were taken down after three weeks, due to pressure on the company from pro-Israel groups. However, after negotiating a new message, the billboards were to go back up in early June. The new message did not mention killing children but says, "Tell Congress: Stop Giving Weapons to Israel with our Tax Dollars!" But then the corporate office of Lamar rescinded the agreement, after receiving more negative phone calls.

One of the Coalition members responsible for the billboards is Rich Forer, a Jewish American who was formerly a member of AIPAC, the extremely influential American Israel Political Action Committee, that has long provided uncritical support to the Israeli government's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Forer about how his views about Israel have evolved, why he joined AIPAC, and why he left.

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This week's summary
of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • France is experiencing a new wave of "bossnappings" in response to layoffs. ("Vive la Revolution?," The Nation, May 18, 2009)
  • Construction boom has led to the world's biggest real estate crash in Dubai, where housing prices have dropped 40 percent. ("Dubai Suffers Biggest House Price Slump," The Guardian, May 26 2009; "Home Prices Continued Their Decline in March," New York Times, May 27, 2009)
  • Debate over legalizing and taxing marijuana is back, after states suffer budget deficits. ("A Marijuana Tax as the Next Revenue Stream?," Christian Science Monitor, May 8, 2009)

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U.S. Politics

"Americans Demand a Public Option in Health Care -- When Will Politicians Listen?," by Robert Parry, Consortium News, June 23, 2009

"Bi-Partisan Bull on Health Care: Three Ex-Senators Get It Up for the Health Care Industry," by James Ridgeway & Jean Casella, Counterpunch, June 23, 2009

"Obama's Right Turn," by William Fisher, Inter Press Service, June 22, 2009

"Health Care Showdown," by Paul Krugman, The New York Times, June 22, 2009

"Medicare-for-All: The Policy That Dare Not Speak Its Name," by Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post, June 21, 2009

"Most in US Support Govt-Backed Health Care: Poll," Agence France Presse, June 21, 2009

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"GM Continues Efforts to Cut Labor Costs," Associated Press, May 26, 2009

"Touring Empire's Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon," by Tom Engelhardt & Greg Grandin, TomDispatch, June 23, 2009

"Using the Economic Crisis to Attack Workers," by Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch, June 23, 2009

"'Green Shoots' of Recovery? Don't Fall for the Media's Economic Triumphalism," by Joshua Holland, AlterNet, June 23, 2009

"Obama's (Latest) Surrender to Wall Street: How the Financial Reform Plan Protects the Status Quo," by Michael Hudson, Counterpunch, June 22, 2009

"Insurers Revoke Policies to Avoid Paying High Costs," NPR, June 22, 2009

"Obama's False Financial Reform," by William Greider, The Nation, June 19, 2009

"Don't Cede More Economic Authority to Unaccountable Fed," by John Nichols, The Nation, June 18, 2009

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Bush Accountability

"Where Are They Now? Tracking Down the Iraq War Criminals," by Philip Giraldi,, June 23, 2009

"Lawyers' Opinions and Crime," by Scott Horton, Harper's, June 23, 2009

"Court Will Not Revive Plame's Lawsuit," Associated Press, June 22, 2009

"While the Economy Crashes and Burns, Bush Loyalists Are Making a Killing," by Nick Turse, TomDispatch, June 19, 2009

"Judging John Yoo: The ruling that could actually lead to accountability for torture," by Ady Barkan, Slate, June 19, 2009

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International Affairs

"The Next Explosion in Iran," by Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, June 21, 2009

"Battle for the Islamic Republic," by Robert Fisk, Independent/UK, June 21, 2009

"Iran Police, Militiamen Clash With Protesters," Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2009

"US navy prepares to intercept North Korean ship," Guardian/UK, June 19, 2009

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"Postwar" Occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan

"Rumblings in Falluja Threaten to Disrupt Script for U.S. Withdrawal," The New York Times, June 23, 2009

"Iraq Reels Toward a New Era," by Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch, June 23, 2009

"Iraq: forgotten and in trouble?," Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2009

"Obama's Undeclared War Against Pakistan Continues, Despite His Attempt to Downplay It," by Jeremy Scahill, Rebel Reports, June 22, 2009

"U.S. Tightens Airstrike Policy in Afghanistan," The New York Times, June 22, 2009

"Confidential memo reveals US plan to provoke an invasion of Iraq," Observer/UK, June 21, 2009

"US Says Afghan Strikes Broke Rules, Orders Retraining," Reuters, June 20, 2009

"'The Responsible Left': Funding Obama's Expanding Wars," by Jeremy Scahill,, June 20, 2009

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Civil Liberties/ Human Rights

"Obama's Classroom Spies," by David Price, Counterpunch, June 23, 2009

"Obama gives backing to Kansas Republican's ridiculed plan," McClatchy Newspapers, June 23, 2009

"Obama, the Right and defendants' rights," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 20, 2009

"Obama Justice Department Loves Secrecy," by Scott Horton, Harper's, June 19, 2009

"In stark legal turnaround, Obama now resembles Bush," McClatchy Newspapers, June 19, 2009

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Environment and Sustainability

"Court Allows Gold Mine to Dump Waste in Lake," Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), June 23, 2009

"Global Economic Crisis Could Leverage Shift to Green Energy," Environment News Service, June 22, 2009

"EU to Examine National Opt-Outs for GM Crop Growing," Reuters, June 21, 2009

"Thirst for Profit: Corporate Control of Water in Latin America," by Lisa Boscov-Ellen, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, June 19, 2009

"Global Land Grab," by Alexandra Spieldoch, Foreign Policy in Focus, June 18, 2009

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Media Issues

"NPR's ombudsman: Why we bar the word 'torture,'" by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 22, 2009

"Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned," by Noam Cohen, The New York Times, June 20, 2009

"The Revolution Will Be Tweeted: Activism in the Age of User Generated Content," by Kristin Schall, Common Dreams, June 20, 2009

"The Iranian Uprisings and the Challenge of the New Media," by Henry A. Giroux, Counterpunch, June 19-21, 2009

"The Washington Post, Dan Froomkin and the establishment media," by Glenn Greenwald, Salon, June 19, 2009

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"People Power Pushed the New Deal," by Sarah Andrson, Yes! Magazine, Summer, 2009

"Live from Coal River: Direct Action & March Against Coal Madness," by Jeff Biggers & Stephanie Pistello, Common Dreams, June 23, 2009

"MoveOn Resumes Antiwar Stance," by Tom Hayden, The Nation, June 22, 2009

"The Never-Ending Labor Wars," by Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect, June 22, 2009

"Iran: Non-Violence 101," by Steve Weissman, Truthout, June 21, 2009

"Workers' Rights: No Balls, No Gains," by Joe Bageant, Counterpunch, June 19-21, 2009

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